Goodreads Choice Awards 2014

It’s time to vote for your favorite books of 2014. Which ones will take the cake?

I love the Goodreads Choice Awards. It’s a chance for me to vote for my favorite books from the last year and discover books that missed my lengthy wish list or towering TBR stack. The opening round starts today and runs until the 8th, with semifinals and finals running the 10th – 17th and the 17th – 24th respectively. Each week, I’ll post an overview of books for which I’m voting in each category, along with the books I own that I should have also read, and books I need to add to my wish list ASAP!

Goodreads Choice Awards 2014

The following categories were not included as my interest is limited (or nonexistent this year): Romance, Humor, Nonfiction, Memoir & Autobiography, Food & Cookbooks, Poetry, Debut Goodreads Author, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction, Middle Grade & Children’s, Picture Books.

Fiction

Voting for: Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Embarrassingly, this is the only nominated book I’ve read in this category!

Should’ve also read: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. An autographed copy (somehow) sits on my shelf, and it keeps popping up in blog posts and ‘best of’ lists.

Adding to the wish list: Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood. One of my hands-down favorite authors, I completely missed the boat (and all the great reviews!).

Mystery & Thriller

Voting for: None of these…yet! After reading a ton of mystery/thriller types in the last couple of years, I gave myself a bigger break from the genre than I thought.

Should’ve also read: Natchez Burning by Greg Iles. The Secret Place by Tana French. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. All three are on a physical or Kindle shelf, waiting to be read.

Adding to the wish list: I think I have plenty to get through already, no?

Historical Fiction

Voting for: None of these! I’m not a huge historical fiction fan, and I didn’t read any of the nominated books.

Should’ve also read: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I’m pretty sure this is on a shelf at home…

Adding to the wish list: Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett. I really should get around to the Century Trilogy, given I spent a chunk of the summer listening to Pillars of the Earth in what has to be my sixth reread.

Fantasy

Voting for: The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman. Easily one of the best trilogy enders of all time. Also the only one I’ve read and finished. That may change by next week!

Should’ve also read: City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett. The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. I have all three, and I’m actually in the middle of City of Stairs!

Adding to the wish list: The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley. I don’t know, it just sounds like something I should try out (probably the GRRM reference).

Science Fiction

Voting for: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer. I may love John Scalzi, but Lock In can’t compete with this brilliant trilogy opener.

Should’ve also read: Does Ancillary Justice, prequel to Ancillary Sword count? Probably not.

Adding to the wish list: The Martian by Anthony Weir. I’ve heard some great things, and I’m intrigued by the blurb since it involves one Tom Hanks movie melding with another (Apollo 13 and Cast Away). Tom Hanks is the Martian? That’s the Shyamalan twist!

Horror

Voting for: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon. No surprise, since I noted it was my current favorite horror pick (above Josh Malerman’s debut Bird Box).

Should’ve also read: None of the other books are in existing collections.

Adding to the wish list: The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey. I haven’t bought into the hype, but maybe I should?

History & Biography

Voting for: Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art by Carl Hoffman. Other than being the only one I read, Hoffman does a nice job tying the colonialism and cultural relativism pieces together.

Should’ve also read: None of the other nominated books are pending a read.

Adding to the wish list: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott. Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space by Lynn Sherr. Ladies represent.

Business Books

Voting for: None, as I haven’t read any…

Should’ve also read: Creativity, Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace. Just sitting on my shelf, but whenever I go to grab a new book I’m not feeling that one.

Adding to the wish list: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, Christina Ferrucci. I’ve seen a handful of Facebook comments that make me think I would appreciate this.

Graphic Novels & Comics

Voting for: Possibly Saga. I just read Volume 1 yesterday (as a NaNoWriMo break) and loved it, so I rush ordered the next two volumes on Amazon, which I’ll read ASAP.

Should’ve also read: None await me…

Adding to the wish list: The Locke & Key series and Rat Queens have come up in several blogs I follow (and a handful of subreddits), so why not?

How are you voting? Drop a note in the comments!

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